Well it looks like Tiny Bits of Magic will be adding a new category to our site: Pregnancy.
Yep! In case you missed the big announcement on our Facebook page or Twitter, our family is about to become a little more magical as Baby #6 is due to arrive 1/8/18.
Shocked? Yeah, us too!
I’ve done a pretty good job of not freaking out that I’m an old..er….mama, and that my oldest is getting ready to start his senior year, and that my youngest just turned six….
Okay, maybe I AM a little pregnancy freaked. For the most part, however, I think my prenatal panic has been kept in check mainly due to this horrendous morning sickness.
And who named it morning sickness anyways? It would be a blessing if this debilitating nausea only occurred in the morning but UGH! NO! Morning, noon, and night. Sometimes it even wakes me up while I’m sleeping. Which brings me to my hunt for morning sickness remedies.
Over the years, I’ve tried EVERYTHING–after all this is not my first rodeo. While some things seem to have a temporary effect, not every thing works every time. Here are some of my best tips for combating morning sickness (still hate that term).
Morning Sickness Tips #1
Don’t let your stomach get empty. At least for me, that is always a sure way for me to become overwhelmed by nausea. And this is a hard one for me to follow too, as you can imagine with 5 kiddos, I run around constantly and most days I forget to eat. No bueno when you’re pregnant. So remember to eat–even when you’re not hungry and even if it is just a bit.
Morning Sickness Tips #2
Keep bland food handy. This goes along with #1. I keep a baggie of Cherrios in my purse and in my car. Just a handful or two can really help. And I keep some saltines next to my bed too–like I said sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night overcome with nausea.
Morning Sickness Tips #3
There is not one thing that works for everyone and what works today may not work tomorrow (or for subsequent pregnancies). That’s probably the most frustrating. I have spent WAAYY too much time looking for ways to ease my suffering only to realize that there isn’t any ONE thing that will do it. Here are some things you can try that might be helpful for you or at least ease your nausea.
- Ginger. I hate ginger but Gin Gin candies were tolerable and actually helped somewhat (at least they prevented me from vomiting at my daughters’ audition. (See Amazon link below) You can also try ginger gum, ginger ale, or even ginger chews. Just be sure to look for REAL ginger on the label.
- Salty/Sour. This worked better in my previous pregnancies but not this time around. Lemonade and plain salty chips. No not the healthiest choice, but it helps to calm the queasiness so maybe you can feel well enough to get some good food in. With this pregnancy, I discovered Hi-Chews, a Japanese candy (Amazon link below)I found them at Epcot at the Japanese Pavillion while I was in desperate need of relief. They are a chewy candy and they come in a sour mix (lemon, lime, grapefruit). They help with queasiness but then once I’ve finished eating it I feel queasiness from eating something with sugar 🙁
- Vitamin B-6. Yeah, this one never worked for me, but I know many people have had luck with this. Check with your doctor about the correct dosage for you.
- Mint Gum. This is helpful too–sometimes, but not all the time for me.
Morning Sickness Tips #4
Don’t be a hero. Morning sickness sucks and it is real. It is hard to get through the day when you feel awful ALL. THE. TIME. Take time to rest. Cut out activities that are just not necessary. Your house will be dirty, your kids may not have fancy lunches…etc but it’s okay. It won’t last forever. And for goodness sakes, let your healthcare provider know that you are feeling awful. They may be able to prescribe you medication that can help or at the very least be sure you are not suffering from something more serious like hyperemesis gravidarum.
So what is your BEST morning sickness remedy? I’d love to hear it, so comment below–maybe it will be my miracle cure!